Magical Million Dollar Evening

Hospital receives $1.7 million from Texas Children's Ambassadors at gorgeous holiday party

Texas Children's receives $1.7 million at gorgeous holiday party

TCH Ambassadors holiday party tent
The backyard tent transformed into a winter wonderland for  Texas Children’s Ambassadors holiday party. Photo by Jenny Antill
TCH Ambassadors holiday party Marita Fairbanks, JB Fairbanks
Party hosts Marita Fairbanks, JB Fairbanks. Photo by Jenny Antill
TCH Ambassadors holiday party Wally Wilson, Jeanie Kilroy Wilson
Wally Wilson, Jeanie Kilroy Wilson. Photo by Jenny Antill
TCH Ambassadors holiday party John Donovan, Staci Donovan
John Donovan, Staci Donovan. Photo by Jenny Antill
TCH Ambassadors holiday party Dr. Charles Fraser, Helen Fraser
Dr. Charles Fraser, Helen Fraser. Photo by Jenny Antill
TCH Ambassadors holiday party Tyler Smith, Roula Zoghbi Smith
Tyler Smith, Roula Zoghbi Smith. Photo by Jenny Antill
TCH Ambassadors holiday party JB Fairbanks, Mark Wallace, Marita Fairbanks
JB Fairbanks, Texas Children's CEO Mark Wallace, Marita Fairbanks. Photo by Jenny Antill
TCH Ambassadors holiday party Devinder Bhatia, Gina Bhatia
Dr. Devinder Bhatia, Gina Bhatia. Photo by Jenny Antill
TCH Ambassadors holiday party Guity Kashani, Heidi Kashani, Neekie Kashani, Manuchehr Kashani
Guity Kashani, Heidi Kashani, Neekie Kashani, Manuchehr Kashani. Photo by Jenny Antill
TCH Ambassadors holiday party Jan Duncan, Nancy Gordon
Jan Duncan, Nancy Gordon. Photo by Jenny Antill
TCH Ambassadors holiday party tent
TCH Ambassadors holiday party Marita Fairbanks, JB Fairbanks
TCH Ambassadors holiday party Wally Wilson, Jeanie Kilroy Wilson
TCH Ambassadors holiday party John Donovan, Staci Donovan
TCH Ambassadors holiday party Dr. Charles Fraser, Helen Fraser
TCH Ambassadors holiday party Tyler Smith, Roula Zoghbi Smith
TCH Ambassadors holiday party JB Fairbanks, Mark Wallace, Marita Fairbanks
TCH Ambassadors holiday party Devinder Bhatia, Gina Bhatia
TCH Ambassadors holiday party Guity Kashani, Heidi Kashani, Neekie Kashani, Manuchehr Kashani
TCH Ambassadors holiday party Jan Duncan, Nancy Gordon

In one of the biggest holiday giving moments of the year, Texas Children's Ambassadors presented a $1.7 million check to the hospital's CEO Mark Wallace Wednesday night during one of the most beautiful parties of the year. 

Close to 500 guests arrived at the River Oaks home of Marita and JB Fairbanks to join the annual holiday soirée, typically held in a dreamy party tent at a private home. Tradition also holds that the tent is dressed to the nines in holiday finery. This year that meant reams of green and white in terms of white Tivoli lights, fir garlands and white Christmas trees lighted by rustic wooden chandeliers.

Swift + Co. did not only the decorating but also the cooking for the lavish buffet that included beef tenderloin, roast duck, lobster bisque and a fresh oyster bar. 

With funds raised from contributions made throughout the year, the Fairbankses presented the mega check to Wallace. The dollars are earmarked for the Promise Campaign, created to support the hospital's expansion in the Texas Medical Center.

Partygoers danced to the tunes of the Divisi Strings Amp’d String Quartet, mingled and sipped on made-to-order martinis.

Among them were Leigh Anne and John Raymond, Helen and Dr. Charles Fraser, Nancy Gordon, Jan Duncan, Lilly and Thurmon Andress, Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia, Jennifer and David Ducote and Staci and John Donovan.

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